I am still not sure how big deal this is in practice. Even if this is true, don’t now if it matters to all the people benefiting today from Facebook as a way to organize. Like the metaphor, though.
Again, I think of the way my nephew uses the computer. He wants to use a computer to do something, whether it’s look at pictures of animals (he’s a fan of rhinos and dogs) or watch videos on YouTube. And while he’s doing those things he’s poking the screen, expecting an image to expand or a video to stop or start upon meeting his fingertip. This is the way he interacts with almost every other screen he’s come across, and so he carries the expectation to the ‘puter.
Our discussions have highlighted our biggest challenge—finding an experienced MOOC instructional designer, or at least a platform specialist. As instructors continue to take the necessary risks to test this new pedagogical environment, colleges may not be able to meet the growing need for sophisticated support systems.
Many higher ed institutions might not have the tools or support to offer massive open courses today, but my belief is that these tools and support systems are going to be a key differentiator for institutions going forward.
“I think all institutions of higher education need to adopt the trifecta model which is MOOC, blended, traditional, if they want to remain vital in the coming years.” (via A VC: Video Of The Week: Going To The Blackboard To Talk About Online Higher Education)